Saturday, January 28th 2017 at 10:58AM GMT
Andy Burnham MP pledged to build a major new cycling network if he is elected the first-ever Mayor of Greater Manchester. He made this promise – and others – in a Cycling UK interview with Channel 4 news anchor Jon Snow. (Snow is president of Cycling UK.)
Burnham envisages a dedicated cycling budget for the city, new infrastructure, a bike share scheme and the ultimate goal of reaching London’s funding figure of £17 per head for cycling.
The Labour MP for Leigh was grilled by Snow in Condor Cycles’ central London shop. Snow opened the interview expressing concern that “Britain is stuck in an obesity epidemic. Our towns and cities remain congested with traffic, and air pollution levels are spiralling out of control”.
Looking to the local elections across the UK, Snow pointed to local decision makers as having “the opportunity to right these wrongs.”
Burnham noted that: “I’m a big believer in physical activity … not just the physical health benefits but the mental health benefits.